“The songs I've written were already completed in my head”
(March 2011, Text
by Pedro Bekkers, edited by Peter Willemsen, picture by Miranda Bril)
the beginning of March I watched an outstanding performance (see review) of
Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion. While travelling to the city of Zoetermeer,
The Netherlands I didn't know that I was going to interview Fröberg for
Background Magazine. A real surprise and I wasn't prepared at all, but being in
the position to talk with a musician I admire, I couldn't let go.
the reason to start this side project?
Hasse Fröberg: “I've always written songs and when we were finishing
The Flower Kings-album The Sum Of No Evil
we had some songs left that were meant for that album. I definitely
wanted to record these songs for a project of my own, so I kept them, but I didn't
do anything with them, until... At one time I was at home playing my guitar and
singing some lyrics to it, when a friend of mine came in and waited until I was
finished. He asked me if I was playing a song for a new album. I knew the
quality of the songs was good, but I just had to find out how they fitted
together and if the balance between the songs was right. Today I'm quite happy
with it. I think the dynamics and the tempos in the songs and sections make an
interesting and entertaining experience... That was the start for the
Future Past album.”|
hard to get the musicians for your solo album?
“In fact it was quite easy, I knew bass player Thomas
since we stayed at kindergarten and we have been playing
in the past together with our drummer Ola Strandberg.
(Thomsson told me that he
once played in a metal band called Spellbound.
On the internet I found out that both Strandberg and a guy
called Fröberg were part of that band, PB)
My first choice for a keyboard player was
Kjell Haraldsson, who has
played with many big names in the music scene. He's easy to work with since he
can play anything you want him to play. As far as
Anton Lindsjö, our youngest band member, is concerned, I know his
parents who are both blessed musicians and I was impressed by the skills of
this young guitar wizard, so I asked him to join us.”
band help you out in writing the compositions?
“The songs I've written were already completed in my
head, so I could tell all band members how I wanted it to be played. I wanted
to reproduce the songs exactly that way, but concerning the solos I gave them
total freedom to do everything that fits within the song's structure.”
|Album 'Future Past'||
planning to release a new album?
“I've already some ideas, but the next album will
definitely be a band album. I know these guys are talented musicians and I look
forward to see what their input can be in future songs.”
you think of the amount of people showing up this evening? Was this the best
show to date?
“When you see this as a new band I'm very happy. Many
people showed up to watch our concert and I have to say that the Dutch people
respond very well to our music. Yes, I think this gig was one of the best. However, the best show
was back in Uppsala in Sweden, but this show certainly comes second.”
offence, but when you should use 'Hasse Fröberg, the voice of The Flower Kings'
in your promotional campaign, I think even more people would show up.
“Yeah, perhaps I should use the fact I'm a member of The
Flower Kings. My fellow-musicians all have their side projects and play a lot.
Therefore I guess that they have built a number of people following them and
visiting their concerts. For me, this is my first and only thing I do outside The
Flower Kings, I always used to stay in low profile, but now the time was right
to show the people another side of me.”
too modest to use The Flower Kings to promote yourself. In my opinion you have
made a fantastic album and you performed great shows that will establish your
name as an independent artist.
“Well, thanks. For us this is just the beginning and
when I see the response until now, it tells me we're on the right track.”
More info about Hasse Fröberg on the Internet:
review album 'Future Past'
review concert 4-Mar-2011